Beauden Barrett Rugby Championship: All Blacks’ Richie Mo’unga-Beauden Barrett like ‘two wizards’

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Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga started as dual playmakers in the 16-all draw with the Springboks.

Aaron Smith is a big fan of the Richie Mo’unga-Beauden Barrett 10-15 combination.

The All Blacks halfback likened the duo to a pair of wizards after the 16-16 draw against the Springboks at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday night.

“They worked really well off each other for periods there which felt good and you could hear them talking to switch it or keep going the same way. 

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“Even at training, some of the stuff they were both coming up with, they’re two wizards out on the field. It’s pretty exciting.”

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It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the pair through the game, with the first half a bit of a horror show across the park outside of Jack Goodhue’s try, which Barrett helped setup. The second spell was better.

Beauden Barrett All Blacks playmakers Richie Mo'unga, left, and Beauden Barrett after the draw with South Africa.

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All Blacks playmakers Richie Mo’unga, left, and Beauden Barrett after the draw with South Africa.

Mo’unga said it would take time for the new combination to find its feet.

“I think what we’ve come to find is that it’s not something that’s going to happen overnight.

“In the first half, we were put under pressure and couldn’t really get into our structure or play a few phases.

Beauden Barrett All Blacks first-five Richie Mo'unga looks to put in a chip kick against South Africa on Saturday night.

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All Blacks first-five Richie Mo’unga looks to put in a chip kick against South Africa on Saturday night.

“In the second half, there were glimpses of what we’ve tried to create and the opportunities we were looking to get.”

Smith was the main benefactor of those glimpses of good play in the second half after he replaced TJ Perenara in the 59th minute.

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